After 25 years in practice– I have concluded that there are 5 simple guidelines that a patient needs to consider when confronted with the need for dental treatment. These guidelines apply across generations, across socio-economic statuses, across all the races, creeds and political strata!
My Five Commandments, or rather, my “5 Rules of Thumb” are as follows:
- Be preemptive. “Yankee Mentality” serves no one well when it comes to your teeth!
- Nothing lasts forever–except extraction, maybe–but everything else has a finite lifespan.
- “The 50% Rule” A dentist can fill almost any hole–but shouldn’t. Sometimes you need to prevent the inevitable fracture.
- Do it once; do it the right way. The more times a tooth is infected or cracked or your dentist touches it, the more likely you are to lose it.
- The “Apartment Building Theory” (your gonna have to chew on this one for a while–I’ll explain it later!)
Over the next few issues, I’ll explain them in detail. Please check in again.
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